Born in 1979, primarily self-trained, Lotta aims to paint loosely, with accuracy of colour and drawing, while maintaining a certain liveliness. She is influenced by early 20th Century painters such as the Scottish Colourists and William Nicholson.
Raised in London and attending St Paul’s Girls’ School and the University of Edinburgh, she trained as a barrister and worked for 14 years in law and development. Having painted since she was young, in 2018 she started painting professionally, and has developed a practice focusing on still lives and plein air, with a particular interest in gardens and architecture. In her handling of still life subjects, she selects silver and iridescent ceramics which reflect the light and colours of the room and thus change every time; these are often offset with something alive – a simple fruit or vegetable, or an egg.
In 2021 Lotta won first prize in the British Arts Prize. She has exhibited at New English Arts Club, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Society of Women Artists, the London Art Biennale and Royal West of England Academy. Her works are in private collections in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia.